Transcript for Michael and Sara on Jussie Smollett
But something else that has been seriously in the news and has dominated the news for the last few weeks I think and especially over the weekend was "Empire" star, jussie smollett. Disturbing and evolving situation right there. Smollett who is gay and biracial and he is one of the stars of the TV show, "Empire." He told authorities in Chicago he was attacked by two men who were yelling out racial and homophobic slurs and he claimed one of the men put a rope around his neck and poured an unknown chemical substance on him and he also stated the attackers yelled, this is Maga country, you know? And on Wednesday, two men were arrested in connection with the attack and they were released on Friday and now law enforcement officials say they have been told that the two men -- by the two men, that smollett paid them to orchestrate the attack on him, but they have not independently confirmed those allegations and one of the men has reportedly appeared on show "Empire" with him. Before we get started though. Smollett's attorney released a statement saying, jussie smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with. He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying. So that's from his attorney. Yeah. But how do you feel about this? Because this has been -- from the day it happened, everyone, you know, all the people who said, you know, we're by you, we're with you, and then these things happen and it kind of puts some doubt on it. It's frustrating. It's still unfolding so I think I just want to say and, like, my husband who is a lawyer who always says, regardless of what is happening in the news, take a minute. We live in a quick time and people are quick to write stories often the way they want them to end rather than the way they are. Take it in and find all the facts. I say we're finding out what's happened, but if this story is enhanced or, you know, whatever words you want to use, it's frustrating because the number one thing that keeps victims silent is their fear of not being believed. Yeah. Yeah. So I feel like we have been on the heels of such movement in this movement of finally listening and hearing so many people that have been silenced. So you know how they say it takes a lifetime to create a reputation and two minutes to destroy it. Yeah. A story like this can just set something back so far and it just -- it just tugs on you because it's playing to all of to our weaknesses where we need to hear people and if they say something is wrong, you need to listen first. I think something like this makes you go, okay. What is the real truth? This is a great lesson, I guess. This is still -- this is still out there. He's still denying it. Yes. At this point. But you should figure out all the facts before you do come up with your own opinion, and as, you know, being on the news and being on "Gma," and robin Roberts interviewed him and asked all the right questions. She asked all the right questions and he sat there and gave her his answers and it's one of the things where you present it to the public and it's up to the public to pick and choose what they want to believe. I hope this doesn't make people not want to believe a true victim. At the heart of it all, I hope
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